The Old Campground in Maine Has Grown Up

Point Sebago Resort, Casco, Maine

Thirty-five years ago, Point Sebago was a place for a tent, a campfire, and lots of peace and quiet between long hikes and soaking in Lake Sebago. That was the day when teenagers weren’t addicted to email, cable TV, and video games. Now, it’s a bit harder to pull a family together for a week in the woods, but Point Sebago has grown since those days to face the challenge.

Point Sebago, about three hours from Rhode Island, offers week-long packages for the entire family including lodging, day and evening organized children’s programs, tennis, shuffleboard, beach access and much more. Point Sebago’s 775 acre resort enjoys nearly a mile of sandy beaches on Sebago Lake, a marina with boat rentals, boat slips, a #1 ranked 18-hole championship golf course, 10 tennis courts, archery, horseshoes, a miniature golf course, shuffleboard, and award winning supervised children’s programs.

Though the old silver Airstream and box-on-wheels Winnabago still have a place in Point Sebago, tent camping has given way to two-bedroom park homes, offering a private bath, a kitchen, dining and living area perfect for cooking meals, a deck and outdoor campfire grills.

Don Toms, Point Sebago’s General Manager invited us up for a weekend, where we enjoyed one of the park homes right on the water. Air conditioning is clearly a camping plus that we never imagined thirty years ago.  We also laughed ourselves silly at the antics of the “Pirates of Sebago” cruise, fed ourselves well at the camp’s cafeteria (especially on Lobster Night), and smiled a little wistfully at a father and son who stepped up to the challenge of singing “Stairway To Heaven” during the family kereoke party.

Of course there’s a video game arcade for the teenage video fix, and internet access inside one of the lounges, but the idea is to get away from it all. And with all of the scheduled activities, it’s doubtful that teenagers would manage to pout away the entire weekend before they found something to do, someone to hang out with, and a way to enjoy themselves without the aid of modern electronics.

We also toured the property away from the resort, where people who can’t get enough of living in Maine have purchased vacation homes. While local law requires that a person can’t live 12 months a year in these homes, and a limit is placed on both the size and number of bedrooms of each home, the real estate brokers at Point Sebago have been doing a booming business.

And in addition to access to the summer resort activities, there’s golfing in a top-ranked course, and winter season access to local alpine & cross country skiing, snow tubing, and miles of snowmobile trails.

In all, we enjoyed our weekend trip to Southern Maine, and think it may make a great weeklong trip for a family. Who knows, you might enjoy it so much that you move in long-term.
For Point Sebago Resort information and vacation packages please call 1-800-655-1232 or visit them on the web at www.pointsebago.com.

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